Language Placement

 LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS

All first-year and transfer students who intend to study a foreign language with which they have some familiarity (whether through formal study at the pre-college or college level or through significant exposure to the language through extended stay abroad or through use in your family), and who have not previously submitted scores from the SAT Achievement Test or an Advanced Placement Test in that language, should take a Brown foreign language placement test. If you have submitted scores on an SAT Achievement or Advanced Placement Test, but gained significant language experience during the summer (e.g., by taking a summer course before coming to Brown or by a stay of considerable duration in the relevant foreign country), you should also take a Brown foreign language placement test. If you know a second foreign language, we suggest you take a placement test in that language.

Please consult the list below for any scheduled times. You may direct any questions about placement exams to the faculty member listed below.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Please contact [email protected] in the Center for Language Studies.                                                 

ARABIC         

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. For questions about placement, please contact [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

CHINESE

Exam scheduled for Tuesday, September 3 12:00 PM–3:00 PM, Barus and Holley, Room 141. Anyone who has any background in Chinese is required to take the placement test, including those who have taken or submitted their SAT or AP tests scores. 

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

CZECH

Please contact [email protected] in the Slavic Studies Department.

FRENCH

The Brown Placement exam can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. Please review the following links for information and access to the language placement exams: https://www.brown.edu/academics/french-studies/language-placement

GERMAN

Please log on to canvas to take the online German placement testYou may take the placement test at anytime during the summer or semester.  Please contact [email protected] with questions.

MODERN GREEK

Please contact [email protected] in the Department of Classics.

HEBREW

Please contact [email protected] in Judaic Studies.

HINDI-URDU

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Please contact [email protected] at the Center for Language Studies.

ITALIAN

Exam scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM, Salomon Center, Room 202. The Italian placement exam has both written and oral components. To schedule the oral interview please contact Professor Abbona-Sneider at [email protected]. You may take the oral exam via Skype before arriving on campus.

JAPANESE

Exam scheduled for SEPTEMBER 3 NOON–3:00 PM, Barus and Holley, Room 158. Please contact [email protected] in East Asian Studies.

KOREAN

Please contact [email protected] in East Asian Studies.

LATIN and ANCIENT GREEK

Please contact [email protected].

PERSIAN

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Please contact [email protected]du at the Center for Language Studies.

PORTUGUESE

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period.  Please contact [email protected] in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

RUSSIAN

Exam scheduled for SEPTEMBER 3 12:30–2:00 PM, Marston Hall, Room 205. Please contact [email protected].

SPANISH

The Brown Placement exam for Spanish can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. Please review the following links for information and access to the language placement exams: https://www.brown.edu/academics/hispanic-studies/language-placementFor a list of faculty, please click here

TURKISH

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Please contact the Center for Language Studies at [email protected].